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Brenda Blatchford Cirioni
Paint and Prayer

At the First Parish Art Gallery - June 12, 2007 - July 30, 2007

Artist's reception on June 17th 11:30-1:00

Brenda can be reached at

Artist's Statement:

The concept
Seven years ago, while meditating to the Saint Francis Peace Prayer, a thought took hold in my consciousness: paint the prayer. What form the painting would take was not revealed, but I knew, one day, I would paint the prayer.

In November of 2005 I began the journey. My passion for painting and my deep desire for connection were fused to create works that embody my quest to live a spiritual life.

Sometimes it’s a whisper;
Other times, it’s not even there.
When I refocus my attention
I find my way back again, and again,
Secure in God’s grace.

The work
Prayer and meditation inspire and entwine, creating visual metaphors that beckon and engage the viewer in ambiguous, multi-faceted images. Provocative foregrounds are lush with promise and hope, while prayers, poems and mantras, soft as a whisper, weave through vibrant, yet allusive dream worlds, linking the natural with the supernatural. Torn, jagged edges at first seem to belie the paintings' hopeful expression, but on reflection ring true to the nebulous trials of spirituality in earthly form.

About the Artist:

Brenda Blatchford Cirioni graduated in 1983 from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where she received a diploma for their four-year, studio-based program. In 1984 she completed their intensive Fifth-Year Certificate Program.

She has shown her work in numerous Boston area galleries, the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Cirioni's painting, Dickinson’s Hope, hangs in the office of Governor Deval Patrick.

She has work in private collections in the Boston area, Maryland, and Texas, and in corporate collections at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Fidelity Investments, and Carroon and Black Insurance Co. in Boston.

Gallery Exibit History

About the Mary Jo Rines Gallery At First Parish

The Gallery At First Parish opened September 17, 2000.

On September 13, 2011, the Standing Committee voted to name the Gallery in honor of its founder,
Mary Jo Rines, who died on September 4, 2011. A special exhibit of Mary Jo’s work was on display
in the Gallery from September 20 – September 30, 2011.

Its purpose, as described by the founders:

The mission of The Gallery At First Parish is to add another dimension
to the spiritual fabric of our lives by exhibiting the work of visual artists
who seek to contribute to a deeper understanding of the human condition.

The Gallery is intended to be a service to the parish, the artist and the wider community.

It is open to the public without charge 9 AM – 4 PM weekdays, and 9 AM – 12:30 PM Sundays.
Interested parties may also call the Church Office (781-893-7798) for other possible viewing times.

Exhibits are listed in the First Parish Event Calendar.

Gallery Exhibits
(The current or most recent exhibit is the last one listed.)

200001  Washburn  Tingley Bing Wheeler  Mongolian Youth  Grad  
200102 Rines Hsiung Brooks Frankel Dayton    
200203 Baker Randle Kusmin Thurber Ross Warren
200304 Cohen Poirier French Canty Yang    
200405 Cody  Sprayregen  Harper Pettee Ahern    
200506 Zoller Berger  Decaneas  Daley Greenfield Boyle  
200607 Ferrara Dverin Howell Tingley Haas Brown  Cirioni 
200708 Baker Lorenzen Wooding Hsiung Rines Dauge  
200809 St. Clair Mackles Doolin Dioguardi Urban Teens  Flanagan   
200910 Westra Grandin Passman  Fulenwider  Lord    
201011 Platais Hirsch Tischler Scaltreto Rosenbaum Talcott  AllGEN 
201112 Dahlgren Cooper Weeks   Smith   Kahn  Berkley   
201213 Rogers Salter Comerford Historical Goldberg Markoff   
201314 Grob Boyle Bauman Goren Saad Novetsky  
201415 Dayton Lucas i-concepts Sanders Carberry Cohen  
201516 Grob Stoddard  
2016 - 17 Randle         Artists for Humanity

Davis &
von Rumohr

Handy Rines        

Gallery Committee

Mary Jo Rines
Winky Merrill
Toni Junkin
Carol Hinckley
Karen MacDuffie
Betty Lou Marple
Wendy Wrean
Ellen Touart-Grob

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